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Modern systems for modern democracies: Jordan

2020-01-15T10:30:56+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Uncategorised|

IT systems may not have the same allure as the human stories of politics, but improved IT infrastructure has the power to change the lives of voters and modern, reliable and accurate systems are essential for viable democracies. WFD is supporting a new system in Jordan.

Supporting the Jordanian Parliament’s Strategic Plan

2019-11-18T10:47:23+00:00November 12th, 2019|Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Sergiu Galitchi, Human Resources Expert, WFD Jordan. WFD is an implementing partner in the EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development (EU-JDID) programme. The programme supports Jordan with its political reform process, including the promotion of inclusive policy and decision-making processes.  Over the last decades, national public authorities across the world acutely realized [...]

Putting gender equality at the centre of reviewing laws in Morocco

2019-02-15T09:47:42+00:00February 13th, 2019|Women’s Political Leadership|

How can parliaments ensure that laws they adopt have a positive impact on women’s lives? This question was at the centre of WFD’s seminar on reviewing legislation with regards to gender equality, organised in partnership with the House of Representatives of Morocco on 6-7 February. The seminar brought together MPs, parliamentary staff, and experts [...]

Gender equality top of the agenda as Lebanese lawmakers visit UK

2019-02-04T17:13:05+00:00January 31st, 2019|Democracy in the World (APPG), Women’s Political Leadership|

There are only six women lawmakers in the 128-seat Lebanese parliament. Nine months after the election, WFD supported four of them on a visit to the UK, to help them in their push for greater gender equality. Inaya Ezzeddine, Dima Jamali, Rola Tabsh Jaroudi and Paula Yaacoubian have very different backgrounds, ranging from Shia to [...]

Jordanian MP fighting for women’s rights speaks to UK Parliament

2020-01-06T10:05:09+00:00December 7th, 2018|Democracy in the World (APPG), Women’s Political Leadership|

Wafaa Bani Mustafa is one of just 20 women in Jordan's House of Representatives – luckily, she is a fighter. She was the first MP to propose an end to a controversial rape law in Jordan, which was later repealed, and she continues to champion women’s rights across the Arab region. Speaking at the [...]

Parliaments in action at the Open Government Partnership Summit

2018-07-31T12:02:14+00:00July 31st, 2018|Open Parliament|

On 17 July, WFD supported the organisation of the Parliament Day at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Tblisi, Georgia, where 300 representatives from parliaments, civil society and international organizations met to agree a way forward in developing open parliament commitments and innovative practices. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer shows an all-time low in [...]

Women MPs from Arab Countries review efforts to end gender violence

2020-01-06T10:06:41+00:00November 30th, 2017|Women’s Political Leadership|

Representatives from 13 Arab countries, the Tunisian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood, and the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries Combating Violence Against Women gathered in Tunis for a two-day summit on 16 and 17 November. The summit, supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), took stock of recent progress made in Tunisia and Lebanon [...]

A better deal: new law passed in Lebanon on oil and gas taxation

2018-02-04T18:31:48+00:00October 10th, 2017|Uncategorised|

  On 19 September 2017, the Parliament of Lebanon passed a new law with strong ring-fencing measures that will help get a better deal for the country from extractives. With the recent discoveries of deep-sea gas fields, there are now real prospects of securing substantial revenues which can support better public services. But this will [...]

Kurdistan Regional Government unveils inclusive anti-corruption strategy

2018-04-10T11:25:17+00:00April 26th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Corruption is a significant and persistent challenge in Iraq. Transparency International's corruption perceptions index puts Iraq 166th out of 175 countries, indicating a huge need to improve public sector financial management and tackle corruption. The security challenges that Iraq faces, including the threat of ISIS, have contributed to challenges to the nature and make-up of [...]

WFD and Moroccan House of Councillors partner on climate change and SDGs

2018-07-20T08:07:42+00:00January 26th, 2017|Parliamentary, Uncategorized|

On 26 January 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the House of Councillors of the Moroccan Parliament during a conference on climate change legislation. The partnership agreement sets out a framework for cooperation between WFD and the House of Councillors of Morocco between 2017 and 2020. It outlines [...]